Formed originally in 1985 the repertoire of the Paul Grabowsky Trio consists of Paul Grabowsky’s innovative and demanding original and his arrangements of standards and classics of the jazz repertoire.
In its latest iteration the ensemble brings together Paul Grabowsky with saxophonist, Mirko Guerrini and drummer, Niko Schauble.
Pianist, Paul Grabowsky studied at the JULLIARD SCHOOL in New York, lived in Munich a further six years and taught jazz in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has played with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians including Chet Baker and Art Farmer, was awarded a GERMAN RADIO ACADEMY prize for his work with his first trio in Germany and is a past first prize winner of the Leverkusen EUROPEAN JAZZ COMPETITION. He was founding Artistic Director of the internationally regarded AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA and has performed as conductor and bandleader and solo pianist throughout the world.
The Paul Grabowsky Trio has been in demand to tour with international jazz artists including Johnny Griffin, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, red Holloway, Al Cohn, Herb Ellis, Warren Vache, Sheila Jordan, Urbie Green and Ricky Ford. In 1988, with financial assistance from the AUSTRALIA COUNCIL, the trio produced its debut recording on the SPIRAL SCRATCH label, entitled SIX BY THREE, of Paul Grabowsky’s compositions. The CD was judged JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR in the 1989 Australian ARIA awards and has been highly acclaimed in the press. The trio’s second album, WHEN WORDS FAIL, released during 1995 on the ORIGIN label was awarded an ARIA AWARD in 1996. 2000 saw the release, again on ORIGIN of THREE.
The Paul Grabowsky Trio has toured nationally appearing regularly in the major jazz venues, including THE BASEMENT in Sydney, and BENNETT’S LANE and CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL in Melbourne. It has appeared in the ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS concerts series in Melbourne, in the program of the BRISBANE BIENNIAL and the MOSTLY MOZART festival at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, in concerts with the QUEENSLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and was invited to present a major series of performances as part of the program of the 2015 TOKYO JAZZ FESTIVAL.
2015 has also included an appearance in the NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA‘s concerts series and past engagements include the MILDURA ARTS FESTIVAL, regular appearances in the MELBOURNE JAZZ FESTIVAL and at the GLENELG JAZZ FESTIVAL in Adelaide. In association with MUSICA VIVA AUSTRALIA, the group has appeared at the ULLADULLA FESTIVAL and at the Bendigo and Warnambool arts centres as well as presenting a series of concerts for the SYDNEY IMPROVISED MUSIC SOCIETY.
Since the release of Paul Grabowsky’s major work for jazz quintet, TALES OF TIME & SPACE, on the Warner label, recorded in sessions in New York with Brandford Marsalis on trumpet, the Trio has formed the basis for this program in performances at THE FORUM in Melbourne and at CITY RECITAL HALL in Sydney and in the programs of the FESTIVAL OF PERTH and at the ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL.
2017 includes a tour of Italy and performances at the RED SEA FESTIVAL in Israel.
Its work has met with consistent critical acclaim, James Valentine in ROLLING STONE writing, As fine as anything recorded anywhere… Grabowsky is a vital musical presence in this country. Empathy does not really come close to describing the rapport…As rich and sharp as a Boyd painting… This trio must be in love with one another. Adrian Jackson in the BUSINESS REVIEW WEEKLY has said, The music is appropriately lustrous, Grabowsky is an outstanding pianist, as inventive as he is eloquent. Without doubt this is one of the best Australian jazz recordings…, while Gail Brennan has written in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, When Grabowsky makes a trio recording of his own, it is full of commitment and integrity. This is a piano trio that can be played beside those of Bill Evans and Paul Bley… Michael Foster, writing in the CANBERRA TIMES simply said, Giving thanks for this magic album.
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